- May 1st, 2013
WHAT IT IS: Stevia is an extract from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, which originated in the rainforests of Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is used as an alternative to sugar. The flavor comes from glycosides—particularly stevioside, which is 200 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar.
- January 1st, 2013
There is a new challenger in the no-calorie alternative sweetener race. Stevia may still be king, but monk fruit (a small gourd-like fruit native to China) is building its own power base.